“While vaccine production is growing, vaccinations in the countries most in need remain far behind. From cold storage to staffing, the infrastructure capability of low- and middle-income countries to get vaccines from airports into arms soon will be critical to success. Without greater clarity and transparency about countries’ needs, as well as focused, urgent, and coordinated support to address them, the growing supply of vaccines won’t translate into higher vaccination rates.”
Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the global response continues to be slow, fragmented, and inequitable. The widening gap between vaccine haves and have-nots around the world has prolonged the pandemic, worsened global inequality, risked the emergence of new viral variants that could evade vaccine immunity, and confronted countries with very different prospects for pandemic and economic recovery. In response, Duke University and the COVID Collaborative are launching the COVID Global Accountability Platform (COVID GAP), an independent initiative that aims to provide evidence-based tracking, insights, and recommendations that collectively help hold the world to account to meet pressing needs, deliver on commitments, and accelerate the end of the pandemic.